Here are some pictures of various climbs in the Northwest...  One of my passions is to get away into the local hills of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.  I have several friends I climb with - we try to get up at least once a month.  I've been scrambling around these hills for around 15 years now, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!  Also, if you are planning a climb - visit my climber's registration board.  Click on the thumbnails to view the pictures full size.  While I tried to keep them a reasonable file size they are still from 50k to 200k in size.  Before you head out, check the Washington state weather using this handy links page...

Nov' 2003 Olympics - Upper Lena Lake... - After a season of circulating race tracks, and ripping up the backcountry roads on my sport bike, it's time to head back into the hills.  I joined Mike who has been waiting all summer for me to get back into the back-country mode.  In order to see where I was standing as far as conditioning goes, we day-hiked up to Upper Lena Lake and back down.  Click here to read more about the trip... Upper Lena Lake and Mt. Bretherton...
Oct' 2002 Olympics - Mt. Cruiser... - The third time is a charm, as Mike and I summit Mt. Cruiser via the Mildred Lakes approach.  More scenic than the Flapjack Lakes approach, and blessed with perfect weather and absolute isolation, this was a an excellent trip.  We had time to explore around the lakes, get in some bouldering, and then climb using a non-standard approach route.  Click here to read more about the trip... Tom on the summit of Cruiser...
Sep' 2002 North Cascades - Dome Peak... - This is as close as Mike or I got to Dome Peak.  Here, Mike takes a self-portrait while on Itswoot Ridge.  Weather and fatigue (me) prevented anything close to a summit attempt.  But the trip was interesting none the less.  Click here to read more about the trip... Mike on Itswoot Ridge...
Aug' 2002 North Cascades - Del Campo... - Perplexed over whether we should go to Leavenworth and take in Givler's Crack, or try something else.  A quick check of the roasting temperatures on the east side made up our minds!  Instead, we chose a great scramble - Del Campo - located near the deserted town of Monte Cristo in the North Cascades.  Here Mike pumps for water, with Frenchy, his dog Crystal, and the summit in the far background.   Click here to read more about the trip... Del Campo in background as Mike pumps some water...
June 2002 Olympics - Crystal Pass Traverse... - As Mike would say, "So you hate that f-ing descent down the Constance Creek Trail."  This is the trip for you then, up Constance Creek, ascend Avalanche Canyon, camp at Crystal Pass, descend through the Warrior system, and out the Dungeness Trail.  Pick and choose the peaks in between!  The picture here is the view up Avalanche Canyon, with Crystal Pass in the center.   Click here to read more about the trip (which includes video)... Composite of Avalanche Canyon...
April 2002 South Cascades - Mt. St. Helens...  Alex, Jim, Tyler, Kelly, Gee and myself climb Mt. St. Helens.  Alex took this shot of the true summit.  The climb is a slog, but the views from the top are pretty cool.  Watch out for the snowmobiles though...   Click here to read more about the trip... True summit of Mt. St. Helens...
Mar' 2002 Mt. Rainier - Carbon Glacier...  Mike, Alex, Helten, James and myself spend a weekend on the Carbon Glacier to get away and explore, and to put in some turns on Mike's board.   Click here to read more about the trip (which includes video)... Mt. Rainier from the Carbon Glacier...
Feb' 2002 Washington Coast - Ozette Coastal Hike...  The plan was to camp up near Cloudy Peak, and walk the ridge over to Warrior, but a land slide on the road changed that plan.  Instead, Mike and I went out to the Washington coast to hike the beaches north of the Ozette river.   Click here to read more about the trip (which includes video)... Point Of Arches on the Washington State coast...
Nov' 2001 North Cascades - Gothic Basin...  Following our trip up Mt. Dickerman, Mike and I hooked up with Alex and Olaf to go to Gothic Basin near Monte Cristo.  I took this picture of Gothic Peak and Foggy Lake during a fairly spectacular sunrise.   Click here to read more about the trip (which includes video)... Gothic Peak and Foggy Lake...
Nov' 2001 North Cascades - Sunset From Mt. Dickerman...  Mt. Dickerman isn't necessarily a place to go to for itself, but more for the views it provides of the surrounding peaks - at least in November!  I took this picture about 10 minutes after true sunset, this one was one to remember!  Click here to read more about the trip (which includes video)... Sunset from Mt. Dickerman...
Oct' 2001 North Cascades - The Enchantments...  With autumn, comes the annual trek into the hills to view some autumn colors.  Last year was Black Peak, this year, it's back to the Enchantments near Leavenworth.  A series of lakes nestled on a plateau at around 7,000 feet, Golden Larches provide a very scenic contrast to the deciduous foliage found at lower elevations.  I took this shot of Inspiration Lake shortly after dawn.  Click here to read more about the trip (includes video)... Dragontail from the Enchantments...
Aug' 2001 North Cascades - Blackhorse Point...  Late in August, Mike researched a climb of Blackhorse Point located between Silver Star and Liberty Bell in the North Cascades.  We were to do two routes, hopefully with several pitches I could lead.  Click here to read about our exciting escapades... Blackhorse Point showing the chute to Archer...
Aug' 2001 Mt. Ranier - Spray Park...  For a change of pace, Mike organized a group hike to Spray Park on the northwestern flank of Mt. Ranier.  The hike is around 3 miles from the trailhead, with brief cutouts to a perch called the Eagles Nest (myself and Denise), and to the awesome waterfall to the right.  The hike ends up on a meadow with a magnificent view of Mt. Ranier.  Unfortunately, my pictures on top were washed out by a flat sky, and didn't scan well - so you'll have to see for yourself sometime!  The meadow also overlooks a pristine valley carved out by glaciers centuries ago... Spray Falls in Mt. Ranier National Park...
Aug' 2001 North Cascades - Black Peak sunrise...  I took this sunrise shot when Mike and I did the northeast ridge traverse of Black Peak.   Click here to see more about the trip...  The northeast ridge is on the right. First light on Black Peak...
Aug' 2001 North Olympics - Tull Canyon sunrise...  I took this during sunrise from Tull Canyon Pass.  The canyon sits on top of Tubal Cain mine, an old copper mine operated in the early 1900s.  Click here to see more about the trip... First light over Tull Canyon...
June 2001  South Cascades - Goat Rocks Panorama...  I took this composite of the Goat Rocks area in the southern Cascades.  Located near Old Snowy along the Pacific Crest Trail, the area is close to being equidistant to Mt. Ranier, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens.  The rocks them selves provide some decent class 4 scrambling.  Click here to see more about the trip...

Goat Rocks in the Washington south Cascades...

June 2001  Mt. Rainier - Camp Muir...  Alex, Jim and I attempted Mt. Rainier, but were turned back by adverse avalanche conditions.  Still, it was a nice trip.  Click here to see more about the trip...

Tom looking towards Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier...

May 2001  North Cascades - Mike Approaches the Summit on El Dorado...  Marla took this shot of Mike as he sinks a picket a few yards from the summit of El Dorado.  Click here to see more from the trip!

Mike approaches the summit of El Dorado...

Mar' 2001  Olympics - Inner Constance from Charlia Pass... At dusk!  Mike grabbed this spectacular sunset shot while we were camped on Charlia Pass (above Charlia Lakes near Cloudy Peak) in early March.  The temperature was about 10 degrees!  I also took some video during the trip:
Mike took this shot of me show-shoeing (2 meg) in some deep powder, the scenery is gorgeous...
I taped Mike (3.1 meg) quickly crossing an avalanche slope...
Mike taped me (3.8 meg) as I work through some trees...
I taped Mike as he pops over a rise with Warrior (3.1 meg) in the background...
As we rest before our final push over the pass, Alex puffs on a micro-cigar (4.4  meg)...
On the pass, Alex tapes Mike and I as we dig out a platform (2.6 meg) for our stay for the night...
Once camp was set, Mike does some local scrambling, and does a jig on a nearby rock (3.8 meg)...
Nearing supper time, Mike tapes me as I melt snow (3.2 meg), and provides some of the local views...

Inner Constance from Charlia Pass near Cloudy Peak...

Oct' 2000 North Cascades - Summit of Black Peak...  Mike took this summit shot of myself and Helton.  Helton was pretty apprehensive about getting on the real summit as there was a steady breeze, and there is a several thousand feet cliff just behind me.  No, I wouldn't back up any further for the picture.  Mt. Goode is on the left, while Mt. Forbidden is in the distance on the right...    Click here to read more about the trip (which includes video)... Tom and Helton on the summit of Black Peak...
Sep' 2000 Yosemite - Summit of Cathedral...  Mike took this shot of me in front of Cathedral, in Yosemite.  Originally wanting to do the Matthes Crest with Alan and Joe, various circumstances conspired to prevent us.  So instead, we scrambled Cathedral.  Still, all in all, this was a good trip, and it was fun to take in some Yosemite granite to see what all the fuss is about.  Now I know, and I like it!   Click here to read more about the trip... Tom with Cathedral in the background...
July 2000 Olympics on Mt. Cruiser - Scramble to Ralph's Step...  Mike took this one as I ascended to the table at the base of the summit massif.  We named named it Ralph's step as I allowed myself to dehydrate, and got sick when I took off my pack to put on my rock climbing gear.  Since I was a bit lightheaded, we decided I shouldn't try the rock climb to the summit - one pitch away!  I was still able to belay Mike up...  That's one of the Mildred Lakes in the background. Tom scrambling near Mt. Cruiser...
July 2000 Portrait of Mt. Cruiser...  - Mike took this portrait of Mt. Cruiser with his wide format camera.  No explanations are needed...  In order to get to the actual climb, the approach takes you over several minor peaks.  Mike took this shot of me on top of the last one prior to the climb.  We approached from Flapjack Lakes... Mt. Cruiser in the Sawttoth Range of the Olympics...
June 2000 North Cascades - East Wilmans Spire - Mike took this picture (and the others) of the first spire of the Wilmans Peaks near Monte Cristo. Don't ask Mike where the lid to the summit log container is!  This was a very fun day-trip:
a five mile bike ride...
an awesome view of Glacier Basin and The Count of Monte Cristo...
excellent snow approach...
a very airy summit (Monte Cristo in the background)...
...and an awesome vertical repel!
East Wilman's Spire near Monte Cristo in the Cascades...
Oct' 1999 North Cascades - Golden Larch in the Enchantments... - Mike organized this trek to the Enchantments with myself and Olaf.  Mike took these spectacular shots of the surrounding scenery, focusing on backlit pictures of the Golden Larch.  Click here for the trip report... Prussik Peak in the Enchantments...
July 1999 Olympics - Mt. Constance...  - Mike, Alex and I set out to climb Mt. Constance following a heavy snow year.  Although we doing the climb in mid-July, Lake Constance was still half frozen over, and there was still 2 to 5 feet of snow in the official camping area.  All of the shots were taken off of video, which is why the quality is very so so.   Click here for the trip report... Mt. Constance...
May 1999 North Cascades - Quien Sabe Glacier - Mike took this picture of the summit of Sahale when we visited the Quien Sabe Glacier over the Memorial Day weekend.  Greeted with great weather, it turned on us once we were up on the glacier.  Click here for the trip report... Summit of Sahale...
Feb' 1999 Carbon Glacier on Mt. Ranier - Mike exploring some crevasses...  I took this shot of Mike in the distance as he wandered off to explore some crevasses on his own. Carbon Glacier at Mt. Rainier...
Aug' 1998 Mt. Cruiser - Mike wishing for better weather...  I took this shot of Mike as he was praying for better weather so we could climb Cruiser.  Unfortunately, this was about the best it got, so we bailed in hopes for another day. Mike in front of a cloudy Mt. Cruiser...
Aug' 1998 Olympics near Mt. Cruiser - Straddling a schrund!  Mike took this as we descended the snow field from the saddle near Mt. Cruiser.  This was the first time I've ever repelled off of a snow field to straddle a schrund like this - and I nailed it!  BTW, weather kept us from summiting that day... Tom stemming a schrund coming down from Cruiser...
July 1995 Olympics - West Summit of Mt. Olympus...  Another rope team we aided took this shot of myself, Mike and Alex on the summit of Mt. Olympus.  Unable to find the scramble route in weather, I led the west route (5.4) unaided, and belayed everyone up.  This was my second time on the summit (third attempt), and the first for Mike and Alex. Mike, Tom and Alex on the summit of Mt. Olympus...
July 1995 Olympics - Blue Glacier...  Mike took this shot of me leading Mike and Alex across the Blue Glacier as we made our way to Olympus.  The East and Middle summits are in the background... Tom leading across the Blue Glacier...
July 1989 Olympics - Blue Glacier... I took this eerie shot of Brooks and Kaaren while we explored the Blue Glacier near its terminus.  Bob and Kaaren on the Blue Glacier...
July 1989 Olympics - Trail to Glacier Meadows... I took this shot as we headed up to Glacier Meadows from Elk Lake.  We had some pretty iffy weather this trip, but it made all of the greens greener, and cast the region into a more exclusive mood...  This stream is drainage from the White and Blue glaciers, and feeds into the Hoh river. Drainage from Mt. Olympus...
July 1988 Olympics - Glacier Meadows... While doing some trekking during my first trip to Olympus, I took this shot of some avalanche lilies in the upper portion of Glacier Meadows... Glacier meadows near Mt. Olympus...
July 1988 Olympics - West Summit of Mt. Olympus...  Another rope team took this picture of Brooks, myself and Jason the first time I made the summit Mt. Olympus.  This day was picture perfect, around 75 degrees in the meadows, and in the 50s on the summit. Bob, Tom and Jason on the summit of Mt. Olympus...
 

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